From the Vault: Bela, Boris, and Apes! Comments -


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jedibanner 9/9/2012 6:37:58 AM

Ahhh, the old classics were always something to see even though the stories were just so ''out-there''.

doublec 9/9/2012 10:21:05 AM

 Another title that more than fits here is The Ape Man, which was a reworking of The Ape but starring Lugosi. Instead of wearing an ape suit, he has somehow turned himself into a sort of were-gorilla and needs  the spinal fluid to return to normal. Worth seeing to see Lugosi actually trying to act like a monkey while stll talking with his urbane Hungarian accent!
Monogram also did a movie called Return of the Ape Man It wasn't a sequel but was about mad scientists Lugosi and John Carradine reviving a frozen caveman. This film was notable for George Zucco receiving credit for the title role even though he left in disgust after one days' shooting and has no screen time! The superstrong, bulletproof caveman was then played by boxer-turned-actor Frank Moran.

Muenster 9/9/2012 4:54:40 PM

The term is "blacklisted", not "blackballed".

blankczech 9/10/2012 10:08:15 AM

I dislike it when a person reads an article looking for errors in the text (e.g. the wrong use of a word, spelling or grammatical errors etc.), so they can play the I'm more intelligent than you game in the comments and responses section.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary's - second definition of the word "blackball" is - to exclude socially; ostracise : as in - The whole town blackballed them.

The dictionary goes on to list synonyms for blackball as - boycott, ban debar, snub or cut, and related words as barring, ban, banish, cast out, ostracize.

The word blackball is properly used in the context of this article and is probably a better choice than blacklist which although often used as a synonym for the word blackball usually is better used to describe a list of persons under suspicion, disfavor or censure.

I enjoyed the article.  My favorite old ape movie was Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954) - in 3-D with Karl Malden and Steve Forrest.

tjanson 9/10/2012 12:52:53 PM

doublec...Ya I was trying to decide which films to include but Ape Man could have easily made it or even Murders in the Rue Morgue but I was going for the ones that were especially silly.

Blank...thanks for having my back.  I too am amazed that I can spend time writing and researching an article all for someone to point out a typo.

Muenster 9/10/2012 6:08:57 PM

Well, it was boring. Also you didn't use that mid 20th Century colloquialism correctly. Well, look at this way; you managed to get at least 6 comments for your efforts.

tjanson 9/11/2012 2:28:20 PM

No...I didn't use it incorrectly as was pointed out.  But you're entitled to your opinion no matter how wrong you are.

tjanson 9/11/2012 2:31:04 PM

and Muenster...for the record...the following is a comment from Sammy petrillo himself, "There was one of Jerry's cronies — one of the guys that worked for him — at the rehearsal. And he looked at us, and he walked out of the room. I turned to Duke and I said, 'That guy just went to call Jerry. We're off the show'. And then Lou Costello walked over to us and he says, 'Fellas, I hate to tell you this: NBC will not allow us to put you on the show, but we're gonna pay you anyway'. He said Jerry Lewis did it. That really happened, and then it happened in nightclubs. We were blackballed here and there".




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